|My ride to Houston consisted of fiction,|
podcasts, snacks, & compression
|This is how you get in the ADP corral!|
Spoiler: all of that deciding didn't work.
Since it really was the bottom of the 9th - the last day to qualify for the 2020 Trials - and since we were already in Houston, I figured there was nothing to do but go for it. I didn't think I needed another marathon finish, or another 2:46-2:59. In my mind, the options were 2:45:00 or DNF. I told my dad and husband that I was going to go out with the 2:45 pace group, and if I was too sick to stay with them I would just drop out. They were tracking me, and the race had timing mats every 5K, so they would know my status.
We walked to the ADP corral and I just didn't think about anything. I didn't feel any pressure; I knew I was trained to run 6:15 pace for 26.2, I knew my body wasn't 100%, I knew I was going to give it my all on the day. I also knew that it would be okay either way, and I didn't feel like I had anything to lose by trying, even if it seems dumb in retrospect (my lung function is terrible - sure, let's try for a marathon PR!).
|My husband thought my throw away warm ups|
were the greatest
|ADP warm-up area|
My post about the last-minute OTQ chasers is here.
See the pre-race mention of the 2:45 pace group in the Fast Women Newsletter here.
Read the Runners World article about the 2:45 pace group here.